Three Thousand People Gathered at Confucius Academy to Commemorate the 2570th Anniversary of Confucius’s Birth

2021-02-19

The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of PRC and the 2570th anniversary of the birth of Confucius, the greatest sage and teacher. On September 28, Guiyang Confucius Academy’s Confucius Memorial Ceremony 2019 and “First Writing Ceremony” were held. More than 3,000 experts and scholars, representatives of Confucius descendants and citizens inside and outside the province gathered at Confucius Academy to celebrate the birthday of PRC and honor the sage.

Leaders of the Propaganda Department of Guizhou Provincial Party Committee, Department of Education of Guizhou Province, Department of Culture and Tourism Office of Guizhou Province, Guizhou Dang Dai Media Convergence Group, Duocaiguizhouwang Co., Ltd., Guiyang Municipal Party Committee Propaganda Department, Guiyang Municipal Political Consultative Conference, Bureau of Cultural Relics of Guiyang, Propaganda Department of Huaxi District Party Committee and other relevant units attended the ceremony.

The ceremony of offering sacrifices to Confucius is a grand ceremony held by the Chinese nation to honor and cherish the memory of Confucius, the greatest sage and teacher. Since 2013, Guiyang Confucius Academy has held the ceremony of offering sacrifices to Confucius and the “First Writing Ceremony” for seven consecutive years. This year’s solemn ceremony, themed with “70th Birthday & the Prosperity of the Nation”, aims to guide people to remember the ancestors, worship virtue and kindness, and jointly celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of PRC through the four chapters of “Memorial Ceremony”, “Tribute Ceremony”, “Confucius Academy First Writing Ceremony” and “Citizens’ Memorial Ceremony”.

“It’s so shocking! Especially at the beginning of the ceremony, when the drum roll begins, people were awestruck.” said Yi Wenxiao, Professor of Guizhou Normal University and Distinguished Professor of “Yangtze River Scholar” of the Ministry of Education, attended the ceremony and read the eulogy. He said that Chinese traditional culture and etiquette were integrated into daily life. However, at such a special moment as Confucius’ birthday, we could personally feel the solemnity and importance of traditional Chinese culture when we gathered together to cherish the memory.

At the event site, many participants held flowers in their hands to pay homage to Confucius. Li Ya, a Chinese teacher with her children, arrived at Confucius Academy over an hour before the beginning of the activity. “We signed up early for the ceremony, as a cultural baptism for both children and parents.” Sun Kongshuo, the 76th generation descendant of Confucius, came from Fujian. He said, “I come back to my hometown every year to attend the Confucius Memorial Ceremony. The aim is to pay tribute to my ancestor and to visit my hometown. This year marks the 70th birthday of our motherland. Looking at the rapid development of my hometown, I would like to praise for my motherland and hometown!”